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Dinner for 10 people on the Upper West Side

jenkerry36 May 28, 2007 09:01 AM

I recently moved to the Upper West Side and haven't had the chance to try out many restaurants. A bunch of my friends from out of state are coming into the city in a few weeks for a birthday dinner. Can anyone suggest a restaurant good for a big group in the 80s or 90s?

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    muffintop May 28, 2007 05:57 PM

    Carmine's on 90th and broadway is family-style italian. You need to go with a group since the portions are gigantic (and tasty). And the UWS location is a little less noisy & touristy than the one in times square (while still quite lively). I've had a few friends host birthday dinners there over the years. They generally don't take reservations, but I think they make an exception for large parties, so you should be in luck and be able to avoid a long wait.

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    1. re: muffintop
      JoLi May 29, 2007 05:33 AM

      If you're considering Carmine's, I think Sambuca (72nd btw CPW and Columbus) is much better. Same style of food, better quality and quieter.

    2. jrazzle May 28, 2007 06:36 PM

      Landmarc at Time Warner Center might be good, but it's at 60th. Also, Compass is a great restaurant--I always have an excellent meal there. (www.compassrestaurant.com)

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        fullmanti May 29, 2007 06:41 AM

        I second the Compass suggestion. (It's in the 70s, but still.) My boyfriend's (discriminating) family had a great 10-person dinner there and it was not so easy to find a place to accommodate 10 (he was on jury duty so I was doing the calling around -- tough).

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